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News - 14 March 2008

Economic Partnership (BHEP) responds to SEEDA’s Corporate Plan

The consultation period for the regional development agency’s Corporate Plan ends today and BHEP has submitted a formal response which can be summarised as 'more detail please'.

BHEP calls for more detail about a variety of elements to be included in the final version of the Plan.

The regional development agency will be assuming new responsibilities for spatial planning when the regional assembly - SEERA - is abolished in 2010 and it is important that the agency gives a clear explanation of how it will absorb and administer these new powers.

SEEDA also outlines considerable change within its existing structure to cope with the demands of delivering the regional economic strategy but the Economic Partnership felt there was a need for greater explanation about how the changes would affect SEEDA’s work on the ground.

The recently published Sub National Review of Economic Development (SNR) has made it clear that regional development agencies must delegate their funding down to the lowest appropriate level – largely interpreted as local authorities. BHEP has called for clarification about the mechanism for this delegation to be included in the Corporate Plan.

Click here to download BHEP response to SEEDA's draft Corporate Plan

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